Monday, August 31, 2015

A Street Cat Named Bob is a good read.

Last week I came across a free copy of the book “A Street Cat Named Bob – And How He Saved My Life.” By James Bowen. I heard about this book somewhere before, and a friend at work let me borrow it. I like real life stories of people who overcame the odds, so I was curious. James had ended up homeless and for some reason he turned to heroin to help him sleep on the streets. The story starts where James had made some progress. He has a low-income apartment and is taking a Heroin substitute drug that is part of a phase in order to eventually quit completely. His only source of income is playing guitar on the street in London for money. Then a homeless cat starts hanging around. James eventually helps Bob who has an injury and isn’t getting enough to eat.

The interesting thing is just having the cat motivated James to improve his life. Bob became his friend when the rest of the world ignored him. There are also some unexpected benefits of having Bob around. The story goes through all the difficulty James has trying to overcome both drug addiction and homelessness.

In general, the book is an example of how helping someone can only come back to you in good ways.

Anyway, it’s a short novel and only took me a few hours to read it over the weekend.

Check out the video of James and Bob.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's right - because when you focus on helping others, your problems tend to diminish.
That's a great story.

Pat Dilloway said...

I guess I should adopt a cat.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

It's a good story but altruism can also drain you dry. I'm glad it worked out for this guy. Caring for an animal is great. But when it comes to people, all I seem to get to know are these ones begging for money with their "go fund me" pages and what not. I don't give them one cent, because I know so many that I'd go broke in an instant. Shameless beggars.